Category: India

ISI using D-Company

India has found more evidence of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence interfering with the country’s affairs following the evidence gathered by Bangalore police of ISI using gangsters to contact the Naxalites in India.

Bangalore police thwarted an attempt by Chota Shakeel’s gang to ferment trouble in South India through the Naxalites who have been wrecking havoc in Northern India where law and order has become an issue.

In a joint operation with the Andhra Pradesh Police, the Bangalore police foiled the attempt and arrested five persons from whom it is learnt that Chhota Shakeel was acting on behalf of Dawood Ibrahim who is known to have close links with the ISI.

BlackBerry finally relents

RIM, the makers of BlackBerry finally agreed to provide technical solutions allowing lawful interception of its messenger service even though the same was a commitment it had made two years ago.

While the government will be enabled to intercept its messenger service, the company officials reportedly did not budge on the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) which provides corporate e-mails.

Sources revealed that RIM promised to first address the security concerns associated with the messenger service and then work out a different solution for the BES.

Single Common Exams for Medical Seats

For the next academic year, there will be only one common entrance test for the medical seats in the country disclosed the Union Ministry of Health to the Supreme Court. This would mean that there will be only one entrance exam for the over 30,000 MBBS seats and over 11,000 MD seats in the government and medical colleges in the country.

Hitherto students aspiring to take up medicine had to answer at least five or six entrance exams for the various colleges in the country and had to undergo tremendous stress co-ordinating the travel to the examination centres besides also worrying about clash of dates of examinations.

We Aim For The Top Slot Or We Sell: Bickson

Raymond Bickson, managing director and chief executive officer of The Indian Hotels Co. Ltd (TIHCL), says the Taj has flanked itself well as competitors such as the Marriotts, Hyatts and Radissons of the world enter India. Speaking to Mint after unveiling the refurbished Taj to the media, Bickson says the chain has recovered well from the double whammy of 2008 terrorist attack and the economic downturn. Edited excerpts:

It would have been very difficult to retain the heritage look of the hotel? The “Tajness” if we can borrow your phrase.

BSE Opens On High Note

The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Friday opened higher by 79 points on buying by funds in bluechips, especially banking and PSU stocks. The 30-share index gained 79.23 points,...

Rupee Gains Against The Dollar

The rupee appreciated by 15 paise to Rs 46.62 a dollar in early trade on the Interbank Foreign Exchange today, supported by fresh capital inflows by foreign funds and stronger...

Superbug A Ploy To Kill Medical Tourism: Healthcare Experts

Healthcare experts in Bangalore smelled a rat in the warning of an antibiotic-resistant Indian superbug going endemic which hit the world headlines yesterday.

While some said the report was an exaggeration and propaganda to kill medical tourism in the country, others termed it a ploy by multinational pharma companies to introduce more drugs and stronger antibiotics into the Indian market.

“We can expect more ‘superbugs and superviruses’ linked to India. This is just the beginning and a lot more is yet to happen to the Indian healthcare industry which is emerging as a medical tourism destination,” said Dr Devi Shetty, chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya.

Opposition Presses on Caste Issue

The Opposition and OBC parties mounted pressure on the union government to take up the caste headcount in the second phase of the census exercise, instead of the biometric stage.

After an uproar led by the members belonging to the OBC in the Lok Sabha, leaders of BJP, SP, JD-U, RJD and BSP met finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P Chidambaram. They told the ministers that taking up caste census in the biometric stage would defeat the purpose as it would be a long-drawn process.

According to sources, the two leaders said that they will place the proposal of caste enumeration during the second phase before the Cabinet. The Opposition is confident that the government will find it difficult to turn down its demand on the premise that it cannot afford to anger ‘Backward Classes’.

Act Against Terror: Krishna Tells Pakistan

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in the Rajya Sabha that the biggest “confidence building measure” that Islamabad can take was to prevent any future terrorist attack on India. He also asked Pakistan to take “credible and firm action” against terrorist groups, including the Jaamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), and its leaders like Hafiz Saeed.

But “unfortunately, Pakistan becomes subjective whenever we bring Saeed and others in discussion. We certainly would like Pakistan to be helpful and cooperative with India so that we can live in peace with each other,” he told the Rajya Sabha. “Terror is our core concern whenever we have talks with our counterparts in Pakistan,” he said.

Munaf to replace an overworked Ishant

Less than a week after returning from Sri Lanka, Munaf Patel is back to join his teammates for the tri-series. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Munaf will join as an “additional member” of squad for the tri-series. Munaf’s addition to the 15-member squad that boasts of four medium-pacers indicates that not all is well with Ishant Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun, both of whom were overworked during the three-Test series against the hosts.